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Oct. 28, 2009 at 12:38pm

El Pollo Express Speeding to a Close

Just received word from a frequent customer and FeedTacoma friend Michael that El Pollo Express [ map ] is closing after business today. He said there's no reason other than "they tried" and had no plans of opening again.

R.I.P. to a great lunchtime option in downtown Tacoma.

Previously
4/7/2008 - El Pollo Express Worth Braving

comments [29]  |  posted under closing, downtown, food, mexican, restaurant, tacoma

Comments

by Mandiferous on 10/28/2009 @ 12:51pm
Sad. Was never brave enough to try the tasty chicken and now I'll never get the chance.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 10/28/2009 @ 3:16pm
I wonder if the store site is part of the parking lot above it that is for sale. Believe the Catholic Worker owns it.

by L.S.Erhardt on 10/28/2009 @ 3:35pm
How have I never managed to notice that place? You'd think that bright orange would have caught my attention...

by Nick on 10/28/2009 @ 4:26pm
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by dolly varden on 10/28/2009 @ 4:38pm
Man, Nick is making me wish I had tried it...

by Jake on 10/28/2009 @ 5:54pm
The building (and parking lot above) have been for sale on and off since atleast 2005. They are owned by a LLC out of Seattle. The Catholic folks own the properties on the other side of the alley.

by fredo on 10/28/2009 @ 8:28pm
It's tough to make a living in the restaurant trade and this posting tends to confirm this. The name could have been a problem. I don't know what a pollo is but unfortunately it looks like the word polio.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 10/28/2009 @ 8:34pm
Pollo would be Spanish for Chicken. In LA the Mexican chicken shops are a big deal and you can get some superb chicken there. I'll miss El Pollo Express. Too many people will never know what they were missing.

by Jake on 10/28/2009 @ 10:45pm
In this day and age it is all about online marketing & social networking. If you are a retail business, restaurant or bar you put yourself on every website you can. You get a facebook, you get a twitter, a webpage, you get on Yelp and you post stuff. You make a buzz. If you don't you will be like Bayview on St. Helens, One story in the volcano about your opening and then you are gone.. There are other restaurants that aren't doing it and I am just waiting for the day I hear they close. I could go on but then I would have to charge.

by KevinFreitas on 10/29/2009 @ 6:48am
It definitely is hard for small, local restaurants who are disconnected from daily life to make it. Doesn't have to be solely digital either but when a place is in an odd corner of town projecting an image and personality online can certainly help people out the door and into your's.

El Pollo Express will be missed. I feel fortunate to have been there unlike completely missing out on Little Holland before its demise.

by izenmania on 11/9/2009 @ 3:03pm
Anybody know what that space is now? Something has already opened in it but I couldn't quite read the sign as we drove by.

by KevinFreitas on 11/10/2009 @ 7:13am
The new place is called "Thrill of the Grill". When izenmania and I drove by after work last night they were still open (sweet -- new dinner option!) and the place is mini-diner-ish inside with a red and white paint job.

Here's their sign:



Any takers to try them out for lunch today?

by Emilie has one foot on shore on 11/10/2009 @ 11:44am
@Kevin: Perhaps, perhaps.... When you thinking of going?

by KevinFreitas on 11/10/2009 @ 1:34pm
Just got back from trying out Thrill of the Grill with Emilie above (a roaring blog mob of two!). Pics and a full review forthcoming. Overall: tasty, good prices, but bring cash 'cause that's all they take.

by larrykk on 11/10/2009 @ 9:15pm
They will start taking debit cards on Thursday.

by jenyum on 11/10/2009 @ 9:37pm
Too bad about the Pollo place. I liked them but they always seemed to be randomly closed or looking like they were already out of business. Good to know the new place has longer hours.

by L.S.Erhardt on 11/11/2009 @ 1:49am
(to the tune of "Eye of the Tiger")

Opening up, back on the street
got the license, taking my chances.
Made a menu, serving up chicken and meat
just a restaurant with a will to survive

So many times, business fails too fast
your bank account now has just pennies
learn the lessons of the diners of the past
you need customers to stay alive

It's the Thrill of the Grill, just the taste of one bite
We'll get that debit card service going
so we can stay open late into the night
and we're all waiting for the review of the Bloggers...

by Emilie has one foot on shore on 11/11/2009 @ 9:58am
late into the night = 6 pm :)

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 11/11/2009 @ 12:23pm
Well, after 6 pm they are in competition with the Acme Grub Cage. Best to play to your strengths.

by L.S.Erhardt on 11/11/2009 @ 12:26pm
This isn't Wenatchee... businesses need to be open later than 6pm if they hope to stay in business.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 11/11/2009 @ 12:40pm
Wenatchee has a thriving downtown and it stays open much later than 6 pm, kind of makes Tacoma look rather pathetic in many ways. Heck even downtown Centralia and Chehalis have more to offer than downtown Tacoma. Sadly, after 6 pm on Tacoma Avenue it is pretty much a ghost town except for the overflow from the homeless shelter.

by L.S.Erhardt on 11/11/2009 @ 12:42pm
not when I was there. had to drive around for 1/2 hour just to find a place to eat at 8:30,

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 11/11/2009 @ 2:30pm
TO'T, your must have been in East Wenatchee, no one goes to East Wenatchee. Wenatchee is the place to be. Get out to Wenatchee for a couple of days, take the Amtrak there, you'll thank me later.

by larrykk on 11/11/2009 @ 3:42pm
maybe 4 customers roll into the place after 4 pm

by jenyum on 11/11/2009 @ 5:47pm
Well... how long have you been open? I'm headed that way right now and looking for dinner but I can't get there until after 6. All of your "word of mouth" people who don't happen to work downtown can't eat at your establishment if you close by 6.

by L.S.Erhardt on 11/11/2009 @ 7:58pm
I usually get off work at 6. If I'm inclined to go out, I usually do so about 7:30. If Thrill of the Grill is only open like 9-6 or whatever, odds are good that I'll never get down there to try it out.

@ Crenshaw: I stayed in downtown Wenatchee for 4 days this summer... not East Wenatchee. That place does suck.
I did have difficulty finding anything to do after about 7.

by thrillofthegrill on 11/11/2009 @ 8:05pm
Loved the song Thorax! We are now accepting visa, mastercard, and Discover....we would love to eventually stay open later when there is enough business to support that. We hope by Spring to expand our hours...kinda a little creepy at night and we don't want to try and compete with Acme :) We are open Saturday's too...so try us out then if you get a chance...Thanks for all who support us! Eight days open and loving it! Crystal and Erin you rock!

by L.S.Erhardt on 11/11/2009 @ 9:05pm
what time on Saturday? I have this weekend off...

by thrillofthegrill on 11/11/2009 @ 9:07pm
We are open 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday's. Hope to see you!

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